Lawsuit: Town Denies Commercial Property Owner’s Tax Appeal


A pretrial conference is scheduled for Jan. 29 in the case of a months-long legal dispute between the town and a commercial property owner on Main Street.

The limited liability company that owns 62 and 64 Main St.—commercial buildings that house Chef Prasad and Ching’s Table restaurants—had appealed last year’s tax assessment and sued New Canaan after that appeal was denied.

According to an amended complaint filed in May on behalf of 62-64 Main LLC, the assessed values of the property—about $1.2 and $1.4 million, respectively, for the abutting buildings—were “grossly excessive, disproportionate and unlawful.”

The town denied the claim, and in September filed a motion for a 30-day extension regarding discovery.

The Board of Selectmen at its Dec. 17 meeting approved a legal bill for Milford-based Berchem Moses PC that included—along with a $8,500 monthly retainer—a $350 line item regarding the case. 

The ownership company’s principal is a Southport man, according to Connecticut Secretary of the State records, and it’s represented by Michael Reiner of Farmington-based Greene Law PC.

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